India will get smoked 4-0 in Tests if Kohli does not set tone before leaving, feels Michael Clarke

back icon
safari
24 Nov 2020 | 08:04 AM
authorPTI

India will get smoked 4-0 in Tests if Kohli does not set tone before leaving, feels Michael Clarke

Kohli will lead the team in the white-ball series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20s, and the opening Test at Adelaide before heading back home

heart

Share

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has warned that India could be "smoked 4-0" in the Test series if skipper Virat Kohli does not set the tone in the white-ball games before his departure.

The 32-year-old Kohli has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. He will lead the team in the white-ball series, comprising three ODIs and as many T20s, and the opening Test at Adelaide before heading back home.

"These one-dayers and these Twenty20s is where Virat Kohli can really stand up and lead from the front," Clarke said on 'Sky Sports Radio' on Tuesday.

"If India don't have success in the one-dayers and the T20s, they are in deep trouble in the Test matches and they'll get smoked 4-0, in my opinion," he added.

Clarke feels that despite featuring in only one Test, the talismanic Indian skipper could still play a huge role in the outcome of the red-ball series by dominating in the limited overs game.

"I think the tone he sets with this team will play a big role when he leaves, after the first Test match."

The much talked about contest between the two best sides in the world would begin on November 27 with the ODI series-opener in Sydney.

The former World Cup-winning skipper said Jasprit Bumrah will also have a huge role in the much anticipated series, adding that the star pacer needs to bowl aggressively to put the pressure on the home side.

"Opening bowler, probably the best short-form bowler in the world at the moment but his success in Test cricket has been exceptional as well.

"He's quick, he's got a really different action, so I think he needs to set the tone and be really aggressive to the Australian batters," Clarke said.

The 39-year-old pointed out that Bumrah has been winning the duel against the formidable David Warner and also has the ability to trouble star batsman Steve Smith.

"Again, it's not just about the wickets he takes, it's how he bowls. He's got Davey Warner's measure at the moment, he's got him out a number of times.

"Even to someone like Steve Smith, he's got to use that short ball consistently and regularly, like Jofra Archer did to Steve Smith in the Ashes.

"They've (Bumrah and Kohli) got to take the Aussies on and those two players are India's best two players to be aggressive to the Australians," he added.

India made history by winning their first Test series on Australian soil in the 2018-19 rubber.

However, the hosts were then without their star batsmen Warner and Smith, who were were serving bans for their involvement in the 2018 ball-tampering incident.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
IndiaVirat KohliDavid Andrew WarnerJoe Michael ClarkeIndia tour of Australia, 2020/21

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
We were scared to lose: Michael Clarke
The former Australia skipper said it was the negative mindset that pegged Australia back
userPTI
20 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
'Let it go and move on,' Smith's advice to India
Australia won the first Test by eight wickets and the series will now move to Melbourne for the Boxing Day
userPTI
22 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Our batting depth without Warner will be tested: Smith
The hosts will likely have a new look opening combination in Joe Burns and Marcus Harris following injuries to Warner
userPTI
10 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
McDonald warns Indians against bouncing out Smith
"They've used it before and he's done well with it before so I'm suggesting that plan hasn't necessarily worked to its full effect"
userPTI
22 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Kohli's absence will put all sorts of pressure on different players: Ponting
The India captain has been granted paternity leave by the BCCI to be with his wife for the birth of their first child
userPTI
19 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Waugh disappointed and surprised that Kohli will miss three Tests
The 32-year-old and his Bollywood star wife Anushka Sharma are expecting a child in January
userAFP
10 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Sledging is not going to worry Virat Kohli: Steve Waugh
The tour will begin with three ODIs starting on November 27, followed by as many T20 Internationals
userPTI
06 Nov 2020
safari
NEWS
Rohit has the ability and temperament to excel in Oz conditions: Hussey
India are set to tour Australia for a four-match Test series, starting December 3 at Gabba, Brisbane
userPTI
01 Jul 2020
safari
OPINION
Michael Clarke: Right up there with the best
The former Australian skipper was born on this day in 1981
userPramod Ananth
02 Apr 2020
safari
NEWS
India ready to play day/night Test anywhere in Australia, asserts Kohli
Australia want to play two Tests of the four-match series under lights when India tour next summer
userPTI
13 Jan 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved